Programming Practices are the commonly or not so commonly used practices in development of software. These can include things like Agile Development, Kanban, Coding shortcuts, etc.

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Under which circumstances does it make sense to lose track of where an exception was thrown from?

Is there any valid reason why a catch block on a lower layer would throw back an exception caused by a higher, unknown layer using the following syntax: throw ex; ... rather than: throw; ... ? ...
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Advice needed on rethrowing an exception

Consider the following c# code: public class ExceptionManager { public static void TreatException(Exception ex) { if (ShowAndContinue(ex)) // display a user-friendly ...
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Is it normal for a programmer to not have 100% clarity over their own code at times? [closed]

I'm not an expert programmer so this may be why, but I've come to notice that whenever I create complex code (like a Chess game I recently made), I am able to write the correct code to get the program ...
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Manual repetitive conversion between file types

Let's say i have an interest in file conversions, but everything should be made by hand and i have multiple output formats (say: csv and excel). Once i get contacted by a client, i have to link ...
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How to move php documentation closer to standards?

I have an large php project. I used to document it with NaturalDocs, but I didn't include the documentation generation in the build process for a long time ( years ). I recently started using ...
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How to do Test Driven Development

I have just 2+ years of experience in application development. In those two years my approach towards development was as following Analyze requirements Identity Core component/Objects, Required ...
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Program Architecture: How to manage objects that are interdependent

Consider the following case, image I making a simple chat program; I want it to be extensible such that it would be fair easy to add add different scripting and user interfaces. I want the core ...
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How and Why should class modifiers enforce or prevent inheritance and the ability to override

This isn't really related to anything I am working on currently, its more of a question I really couldn't find an answer for. Class modifiers like MustInherit or NotOverridable to me, seem like they ...
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Should we add constructors to structs

We often use c++ structs to define data structure as opposed to class which can be a complete module with member methods. Now deep down, we know they both are the same (loosely speaking). The fact ...
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Human names in programming examples [duplicate]

In small programming examples, it is established that one will probably use foo, bar, and/or baz as variable/function names. Are there accepted human names one can use? For example, if a program is ...
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Using DDL commands in programming language [duplicate]

Hello I am a student with no industry experience. My question may sound dumb, but, me and my friends were having discussions on use of DDL directly in programming language (any language may be Java, ...
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Why doesn't array declaration guarantee proper memory allocation whereas malloc does? [closed]

In C++, when I declare an array like int array[10];, it sometimes uses memory assigned to other variable where as this problem is non-existent when I use an integer pointer and malloc to allocate ...
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Code that converts a value into a different representation, then converts it back to where it started is bad, but how? [closed]

I was reading an article about bad programming practices. It mentioned - "Yo-Yo code" that converts a value into a different representation, then converts it back to where it started (eg: ...
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Is staying implementation agnostic really worth it?

I have a project that I'm working on currently using Tomcat, Spring 4, Spring Security, MySQL, and JPA w/ Hibernate. I picked JPA from the standpoint that it's suppose to make swapping out the ...
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How dangerous is it to take shortcuts when coding Web based applications? [closed]

I started working as a Web developer few months back. Previously, I had no prior professional experience in programming besides school classes and fun-side projects I did on my own. I am the only ...
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Method Parameters Ordering [closed]

I was recently changing a method to add in an additional parameter, and I couldn't help but wonder if there were "best practices" or "generally accepted rules" in deciding what order parameters of a ...
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Difference between patterns: Specification, Guarding, Conditions, Monads, Validation,

I'm currently trying to get my head around a few patterns (especially the ones mentioned in the title above) that are made to address different problems and are being used in different parts of the ...
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Is it better to have separate functions or add more arguments to a function? [closed]

Which is the better style to follow for say, changing the voltage on a 4 channel PSU: setChannelOneVoltage(voltage) setChannelTwoVoltage(voltage) setChannelThreeVoltage(voltage) ...
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Is creating subclasses for specific instances a bad practice?

Consider the following design public class Person { public virtual string Name { get; } public Person (string name) { this.Name = name; } } public class Karl : Person { ...
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translating a list of words (word1, word2 and word3) [closed]

We are trying to globalize an application and we have run into a situation where I'm not sure how (of if) we would go about formatting the string for globalization. It's a paragraph explaining ...
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@SuppressWarnings in generic array declaration

While doing a coding test, I ran into a problem where I need to initialize an array of generic type in Java. While trying to figure out how to do that, I looked at this Stack Overflow question and it ...
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When should a class be final? [duplicate]

I've only really seen this on Java's wrapper classes (String, Integer, etc.), but never in open-source projects, and I was never taught about it in any books or classes. I know it means the class ...
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How to predict a future simulation state

We have a program that combines the simulation of an aircraft system and predefined pedagogical scenarios for trainee pilots to learn how to use this system. When we follow the normal scenario, ...
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Breaking a function into smaller ones is great… except for what about code-folding? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading Robert Martin's Clean Code book. So far I'm enjoying it. Martin talks a lot about separating long functions into short functions, each doing exactly one thing at one level of ...
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Is it okay to use exceptions as tools to “catch” errors early?

I use exceptions to catch problems early. For example: public int getAverageAge(Person p1, Person p2){ if(p1 == null || p2 == null) throw new IllegalArgumentException("One or more of ...
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Does it make sense to have a separate init function?

I'm created an opaque type and I have two options for its management. The first looks like this: type_t *a = type_init(); int err; err = type_do(a, "foo", "bar", FLAGBIT1|FLAGBIT2, NULL); if (!err) ...
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Should `setX(Object o)` methods perform deep or shallow copies of objects?

My particular situation is related to Java, but I believe this is a more general OOP question than just Java programming. The Question: Should "mutator" methods perform deep or shallow copies? An ...
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Standardization and official guidelines for C++ template parameter naming [closed]

What are some explicit and official guidelines or standards for template parameter naming in C++? I've done something like this in the past: template<typename TContainer, typename TKey> void ...
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How to abide the “allocate in caller” rule when the size is computed in the callee?

Let's say we have an opaque type handle_t that is managed through a simple interface with functions such as: handle_t *handle_init(void); int handle_do(handle_t *); void handle_free(handle_t *); ...
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how to combine logs coming from multiple virtual machines for processing?

Scenario: Two virtual machines produce logs. I want these logs to be sent to a central server for processing (as soon as a line of these logs is generated-->streaming ). The condition here is that I ...
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What's wrong with comments that explain complex code?

A lot of people claim that "comments should explain 'why', but not 'how'". Others say that "code should be self-documenting" and comments should be scarce. Robert C. Martin claims that (rephrased to ...
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Best practice for unused inherited virtual functions (implementing superclass methods)

Let's assume I have a hierarchy of several classes each derived from each other using virtual functions. The base class acts as an interface and defines functions, which may not be required by all of ...
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Which programming idiom to choose for this open source library? [closed]

Which programming idiom is easier to use for beginner developers writing concrete file parsing classes? I'm developing an open source library, which one of the main functionality is to parse plain ...
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Macro guard in Objective-C

I have noticed that many famous libraries written in Objective-C (eg. AFNetworking) use the macro guard inside their header files. Im aware that the #import directive, which works exactly like ...
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How can if (sscanf(buf, “%i”, &mode) != 1 || TRUE) be rewritten to if (TRUE)?

I got lost in the opening of this post on reddit. How can if (sscanf(buf, "%i", &mode) != 1 || TRUE) be rewritten to if (TRUE)? Does this assume that the sscanf never fails?
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Is there a pattern or best practice for passing a reference type to multiple classes vs a static class?

My .NET application creates HTML files, and as such, the structure looks like variable myData BuildHomePage() variable graph = new BuildGraphPage(myData) variable table = BuildTablePage(myData) ...
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Data Access Objects old fashioned? [closed]

A couple of weeks ago I delivered some work for a university project. After a code review with some teachers I got some snarky remarks about the fact that I was (still) using Data Access Objects. The ...
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Best Practices For Temporary Scripts (Python)

I am running two separate programs which are similar enough that they share a lot of code. I run these programs often and after I evaluate the output. This is a very fluid process and everytime is ...
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MVC Controller - keeping methods small

I'm reading uncle Bob's Clean Code and it completely revolutionizes my programming style. In this book author claims that best methods are small methods. What about controller's action methods in ...
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How to approach program design with respect to data strucutres and algorimths - is there an equivelant of the OO design process for d.s.'s + algs? [closed]

My applogies for probably the worst written body of text I have produced in my life and many thanks to those willing to plough through it all. I was (and still am) not able to clearly express what I ...
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Is it a newbie mistake to avoid branching? [duplicate]

My team is new to versioning and we're trying to keep things simple, as to not overwhelm ourselves with tools-headaches. Also, our product can't be compiled and run locally, so our work is actually ...
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Python case statement? [duplicate]

I made a simple Python script that takes user input in order to generate a series of mathematical responses. In one part I did this: while True: And iterated through the loop until I used an if ...
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Explain what this means, “Bulldozer Code” [closed]

I ran across an article on things programmers should avoid doing and came across this term: Bulldozer Code. The author defined it at as "giving the appearance of refactoring by breaking out chunks ...
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Proper sequence of actions for merging using SVN?

I'm totally new to CVCS (SVN specifically). I find that most resources focus very strongly on the command-line commands (irrelevant; we use Windows Explorer + TortoiseSVN) and about structure (e.g. ...
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Develop in trunk and then branch off, or in release branch and then merge back? [duplicate]

Say that we've decided on following a "release-based" branching strategy, so we'll have a branch for each release, and we can add maintenance updates as sub-branches from those. Does it matter ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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Should I place functions that are only used in one other function, within that function?

Specifically, I'm writing in JavaScript. Let's say my primary function is Function A. If Function A makes several calls to Function B, but Function B is not used anywhere else, then should I just ...
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I have generally read that having many (>4) arguments to a function/constructor is a bad practice. Is this still considered a bad practice? [closed]

I have generally read that having many (>4) arguments to a function/constructor is a bad practice. Is this still considered a bad practice? And is there a non-obvious reason? In something like a ...
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Alternatives to the use of the Id/Name properties with non-inputs elements in HTML

I'm migrating a website that use Javacsript/HTML/PHP using reusable javascript code, in certain moment I saw the opportunity to simplify code in functions that use almost the same code. Let's say: I ...
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OnClickListener good practice

Which one of the ways has better performance, or is a good programming practice, making the holder activity extend OnClickListener and make a Switch() clause for getItemId() or making one ...